For a prompt of “black sheep” on Star Wars Day, I figured I’d geek out to it with a rendition of a LEGO Minifigure of Darth Vader. As a kid, I was a huge Star Wars fan, and well, still am today. While I collected action figures as a kid, as an adult, I love the LEGO Star Wars sets and the little figures that come along with them like a prize inside. It takes me back to my childhood where I would dream of traveling to a distant galaxy to meet strange new creatures and experience a world of adventure. That hasn’t happened yet, but I have experienced lots of wonderful new experiences in my art journey. That Little Charlie who loved Star Wars, was always a bit old for his age back then, and is now a bit young. Much of the time back then, I felt a bit like I didn’t fit in. This was mostly because I would chase whatever dream I wanted to chase and didn’t worry whether it was something “in” or popular. I wasn’t really bothered, though, that I wasn’t one of the cool kids. I liked being me. It was always a lot of fun! And today, I think if we’re having fun and enjoying our lives, then we’re always going to be popular with ourselves. That, in the end, is what matters most.
There were so many times when I was a kid that I would find a moment when I questioned what I was doing. That moment when you wonder if what you’re doing might matter to others. When you come up with an idea that’s really new, this always happens. There’s no proof that what you want to do is something that anyone might enjoy at all. For me, this seems to always be the world which I inhabit. I have a cool idea and I excitedly want to share it with everyone I can. It’s only after sharing it that I realize that not all the keywords line up and I’ve actually created something a bit too new. We live in a world that’s controlled by algorithms, so real success in this world is creating something pretty much the same, but just a touch different. That’s the cleverest approach, but I’m not interested in being clever. I have a strong urge to follow my heart and what it tells me to DO next. Nearly everything I post is not what I know I should post next, but I just love sharing what my inner child tells me to make.
So, yes, I’m not one to tell people how to blog properly, but if you want to blog happily than I’m your guy! I’m totally enjoyed this journey and everything that’s happened along the way. I thank you, dear reader, from the bottom of my heart for joining me along the way! It’s quite true that when you show up to one of my Doodlewash posts, you’ll never really know exactly what you’re going to get. I hope you enjoy the bit of surprise that happens here. It’s a story born from a kid who didn’t quite fit in. One who was all about heart and never bothered with the current trends. But, part of me has to champion and acknowledge all of those wonderful creative people who do whatever they want to DO next. I think that’s the best approach to life and art that we can ever hope to follow. If we want someone to love what we do, then we first need to love it ourselves. Our own passions are the best thing we can ever hope to share with others. It’s that beautiful and uniquely personal contribution that can only come from a galaxy far, far away.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Vermilion, Leaf Green, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Recommended4 recommendationsPublished in
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!